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“How many once-in-a-life­time storms will it take,” de­mands “The

Daily Show” comic

Trevor Noah, “un­til ev­ery­one ad­mits man-made cli­mate change is real?!”

His au­di­ence roars its ap­proval.

When Hur­ri­cane

Irma hit, so-called friends ad­mon­ished me, “Look what your fos­sil fu­els have done! Will you fi­nally ad­mit you are wrong?”

No. It’s the alarmists who are wrong — on so many lev­els.

First, two big storms don’t mean much. The global warm­ing ac­tivists must know that be­cause when Don­ald Trump joked about a lack of warm­ing on a snowy day, they lec­tured us about how “weather is not cli­mate — one snow­storm is ir­rel­e­vant to long-term cli­mate.”

They were right then. But now that bad weather has come, they change their tune.

Time mag­a­zine re­ported con­fi­dently, “Cli­mate change makes the hur­ri­cane sea­son worse.”

But Irma and Har­vey came af­ter a record 12 years with­out any Cat­e­gory 3-5 storms. Over those 12 years, did Time say the ab­sence of storms proved cli­mate change fear ex­ag­ger­ated? No. Of course not.

It seems log­i­cal that warmer wa­ter may make storms worse, but there’s no proof of that.

The govern­ment’s own Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion says nei­ther its mod­els “nor our analy­ses of trends in At­lantic hur­ri­cane and trop­i­cal storm counts over the past 120-plus years sup­port the no­tion that green­house gasin­duced warm­ing leads to large in­creases in either trop­i­cal storm or over­all hur­ri­cane num­bers.”

As Irma ap­proached, The Wash­ing­ton Post ran an even dum­ber head­line: “Irma and Har­vey Should Kill Any Doubt That Cli­mate Change Is Real.”

That’s phrased to make any skep­tic look ridicu­lous.

Of course cli­mate change is real! Cli­mate changes — it al­ways has and al­ways will. For the past 300 years, since “the lit­tle ice age,” the globe warmed about three de­grees. The warm­ing started well be­fore man emit­ted much car­bon.

So the real unan­swered ques­tions are:

1. Will cli­mate change be­come a cri­sis? (We face im­me­di­ate crises now: poverty, ter­ror­ism, a $20 tril­lion debt, re­build­ing af­ter the hur­ri­canes)

2. Is there any­thing we can do about it? (No. Not now; the science isn’t there yet.)

3. Did man’s burn­ing fos­sil fu­els in­crease the warm­ing? (Prob­a­bly. But we don’t know how much.)

I re­sent how the alarmists mix th­ese ques­tions, pre­tend­ing all the science is

set­tled. No­tice how Trevor Noah, above, tossed out the words “man­made,” as if all cli­mate change is man-made?

OK, he’s just a comic, but New York Times writ­ers con­stantly yam­mer about “hu­man-caused” and “man-made” cli­mate change, too.

Politi­cians (and ex-politi­cians like Al Gore) are ea­ger to ex­ploit our

fears by call­ing for more spend­ing and reg­u­la­tion in the name of fight­ing deadly but pre­ventable cli­mate change — as if fee­ble ef­forts like the Paris cli­mate ac­cord would have made the tini­est dif­fer­ence. They wouldn’t. It’s all for show.

A video I made about this seems to have struck a chord. It got more than a mil­lion views over the week­end.

Some peo­ple re­acted with anger on­line: “the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity

sug­gest that hu­mans are con­tribut­ing to the warm­ing of the planet. Isn’t (it) at least a lit­tle reck­less to put a fin­ger in each ear and say ‘Nuh uh! LALALALALALALALALA!’”

That would be reck­less. But no one ad­vo­cates that. We al­ready spend a for­tune on sub­si­dies, man­dates and cli­mate re­search. The real ques­tions are out­lined above.

A calmer com­menter wrote, “Don’t for­get the hur­ri­canes of

the past. 1926 Mi­ami, 1935 Keys, 1947 West Palm Beach, Donna 1961. Peo­ple act like hur­ri­canes like th­ese have never hap­pened.”

Right. And he left out Galve­ston’s hur­ri­cane in 1900, which killed as many as 12,000 peo­ple.

One com­menter added, “It’s called El Nino and La Nina. We will be en­ter­ing El Nino again (and) so see­ing storms ac­tu­ally form. It shifts back and forth ev­ery 7-10 years or so. Do schools not

teach th­ese things?”

Cli­mate fluc­tu­ates, and hu­mans don’t have too much to say about it.

Maybe some­day hu­mans will be gone. The storms will con­tinue. But at least there’ll be less hot air.

John Stossel is au­thor of “No They Can’t! Why Govern­ment Fails — But In­di­vid­u­als Suc­ceed.” For other Cre­ators Syn­di­cate writ­ers and car­toon­ists, visit www.cre­ators.com.

JOHN STOSSEL SYN­DI­CATED COLUMNIST

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